About us

Operating Since 2000

We specialise in New Zealand rafting journeys, with options to suit everyone. From tranquil river drifting through to the thrill of grade 4/5 rapids, spectacular helicopter rides into the rivers we raft or combine an alpine crossing with a rafting experience. You tell us what you want and we will make it happen – it’s that simple.

The Hidden Valleys’ team has a passion for combining unlimited adventure with breathtaking scenery. Our guides are local, loyal and dedicated professionals who have a depth of experience both nationally and internationally.

The staff all share the same values, enthusiasm and commitment to bringing you rafting at its best and sharing the ‘hidden valleys’ of New Zealand with the world – it’s what we know and what we love.

Hidden Valleys is registered with Maritime New Zealand and a NZ Rafting Association member. All our guides are qualified. In addition our guides are credible industry leaders who were involved in setting guide standards for Maritime Safety Authority. Grant South (Southy), the owner of Hidden Valleys is a Senior Assessor Mentor for the rafting industry.

Our focus is:

  • New Zealand wilderness rafting
  • Southern Alps/South Island Main Divide crossings
  • Hosting special interest groups e.g. sports teams, family groups, corporate groups
  • Multi-Day journeys
  • Hiking/Heli-Rafting

We provide:

  • All rafting and safety equipment, e.g. life jacket, spray jacket and helmet
  • A list of additional equipment to bring for your trip
  • Hearty camp meals and plenty of snacks for the trip
  • Transportation and accommodation upon request
  • Unique, personal and genuinely unforgettable experiences

The Hidden Valleys Guarantee

We take time and effort to create personal itineraries to suit your interests and budget.  We will do our utmost to ensure your comfort, and safety is our top priority.

Grant South (Southy)